New year, new you. Right? We know resolutions can be hard to keep, but we鈥檙e rooting for you! Besides, resolutions are less about set-in-stone goals and more about trying new things and (hopefully) kicking old habits. Try to eat healthier, try to be more creative聽鈥 the important part is the trying. But all that trying can be聽stressful; we know. Lucky for us, apps like Headspace have made meditation way more accessible even to those of us who aren鈥檛 accomplished yogis. In case you think the whole 鈥渃alm your mind鈥 thing is a little hinky, you can rest assured your favorite celebrities聽love聽it.

Everyone鈥檚 favorite witch聽isn鈥檛 the only one, though; according to the聽LA Times, Jessica Alba, Ryan Seacrest and Jared Leto are among the app鈥檚 investors, and Gwyneth Paltrow and Zach Braff are among the app鈥檚 biggest fans. Here鈥檚 why people聽love it. Minka Kelly has personally told Brit + Co she鈥檚 a fan.


1. It鈥檚 calming right from the start.聽Headspace immediately does away with anything unnecessary. It has some adorable illustrations, but otherwise the app is minimalistic to the max (maximally minimalistic?). The lack of clutter helps you declutter your mind right away.


2. There are meditations for every need.聽Going through a tough spot with your S.O.? Stress at work? Feeling depressed? There are tons of topics to choose from, depending on what you need. Health topics include Anxiety, Sleep, Self-Esteem, Pregnancy and more. Relationships topics include Patience, Kindness, Change, Appreciation, etc. Under performance you鈥檒l find Creativity, Focus, Happiness and Balance. Sports contains Competition, Focus, Motivation and Training. There鈥檚 even a series of pro sessions, taglined 鈥渓ess guidance, more silence. 10-day packs to help you overcome common obstacles, whilst deepening your practice.鈥


3. There鈥檚 something for the little ones.聽The little humans in your family aren鈥檛 forgotten 鈥 there are sessions for tiny tots up to 12-year-olds. These sessions include Calm, Focus, Kindness, Sleep and Wake Up. Starting meditation at a young age will definitely make it easier as they grow up!


4. Track your progress.聽The app breaks down your series into timelines, so you can see what you鈥檝e completed and what you still have left. If you swipe left from the timeline screen, you鈥檒l see more detailed statistics, like how many sessions you鈥檝e completed, how long on average you鈥檝e spent per session, how much time total you鈥檝e spent meditating and more! No one鈥檚 grading you on your meditation skills, but it helps to see it quantified so you can be proud of how well you鈥檙e doing.


5. Find mindful moments.聽We know you鈥檙e totally killing it already, but it never hurts to get little reminders throughout the day to keep practicing mindfulness. It doesn鈥檛 mean you have to drop everything and meditate wherever you are, but even if you close your eyes for a minute, you鈥檙e boosting your ability to be mindful whenever, wherever.

The nitty gritty.

Here鈥檚 how it works. You can listen to the first few sessions for free before you need to subscribe. Subscriptions either cost you $12.99 a month, charged monthly, $7.92 a month, charged annually or $399.99 for unlimited, forever access. It might seem like a lot, but maybe not so much when you think about the benefits your mind will reap. After all, your body isn鈥檛 the only thing that needs to stay healthy!


If you still aren鈥檛 sold on the whole idea, we feel you. It can be scary to try something new, and we understand being a little skeptical about how an app could possibly accomplish so much. Maybe reading about it would help!

Headspace founder Andy Puddicombe wrote a book (just last year, so don鈥檛 worry about outdated info) to explain the benefits of mindfulness. It鈥檚 only available in paperback form on Amazon, but it costs less than a one-month subscription to the app, and just think how cute it鈥檒l look on your nightstand!

DL It: Free聽on iOS and Android

Do you practice mindfulness? Would you use Headspace? Tell us @BritandCo!

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